CJN summons 6 Chief Judges over issuance of conflicting orders

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The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) and Chairman of the National Judicial Council, (NJC), Justice Tanko Muhammad has summoned the Chief Judges of Rivers, Kebbi, Cross River, Anambra, Jigawa, and Imo States to an emergency meeting.

It was gathered that it is part of efforts to stem the recent wave of embarrassing and conflicting exparte orders emanating from judges in their jurisdictions.

According to the letter of invitation dated 30th of August, 2021, the CJN summoned the head of the concerned courts to the emergency meeting to brief him on the incessant granting of the conflicting orders on suits instituted by different political parties before the various courts.

The Spokesperson of the NJC, Soji Oye confirmed to journalists that the letter indeed emanated from the office of the CJN but declined to say on what specific day the meeting has been scheduled for.

He however said that the meeting will hold sometime this week.

The invitation letter reads, “My attention has been drawn to media reports to the effect that some courts of coordinate jurisdictions were granting conflicting exparte orders on the same subject matter. It has become expedient for me to invite you for a detailed briefing on the development. This is even more compelling having regard to an earlier NJC warning to judicial officers on the need to be circumspect in grating exparte applications.”